Diagnostics

It is often easy to forget how much we, as humans, can relay to our doctors. Our beloved pets do not have that luxury. Many times, underlying conditions can alter our pet’s appetite, energy, behavior, etc. but do not present with palpable or visual clues specific enough to give us a definitive diagnosis. These conditions take deeper digging and require further diagnostics to identify. Here at ACVH we always start with a thorough physical exam, but sometimes the only way to identify many problems is to run diagnostics that reveal conditions we cannot see, hear, smell, or touch. We offer several diagnostic techniques that can be done in-house and give us results within minutes.

Some of the tests we offer include the following:

  • Complete Blood Count – checks for evidence of infection, anemia, and clotting problems
  • Comprehensive Organ Panel – checks liver function, kidney function, blood sugar, protein, and electrolytes
  • Thyroid Testing – looks for evidence of hyperthyroidism or hypothyroidism
  • Urinalysis – used for the detection of urinary tract infections among other diseases
  • Fecal Testing – used for detecting intestinal parasites
  • Rapid Tests – used to detect heartworm disease, Parvovirus, FeLV/FIV
  • Ocular Staining – to test for corneal ulcers
  • Cytology Reading – used for inspecting urine sediment, identifying ear infection or skin infection causes, initial testing of masses

We also utilize diagnostic imaging techniques. These images are often read in-house but we also utilize a mail-out service made of board certified specialists that can provide deeper insight into your pet’s condition.

  • Digital Radiographs (X-rays)
  • Digital Dental Radiographs
  • Ultrasound Imaging
  • Endoscopy – includes upper GI, lower GI, and nasal imaging
  • MRI

At ACVH we do not limit our clients to the tools we can fit inside the building. Many diseases require specialized tests that cannot be run on our machines. However, we work with a specialty laboratory that will take every kind of sample from blood and urine to cultures of bacteria and biopsies. They provide us with the results as well as access to board certified specialists who consult on your case and provide additional insight to give your pet the best care possible.